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1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!


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Good evening,

 

So, here I am. More than 20 years after I built my last model. Ever since I have been a keen follower of forums and magazines, but due to lack of a convenient hobby room I have never returned to modelling. Until last month when we moved into our own house WITH a hobby room all for myself  :frantic:

 

Some may know my book 'Captured Eagles Vol. 1' that I published in 2011. How time flies! I am still working on Vol. 2, but will definitely publish it at some point in time. Anyhow, my first try is with a Revell 1/32 Fw 190 F-8 kit and in addition some detail sets.

 

Since Fw 190 F-8 'White 48' was not only a central part of my first book, I will even have an original color shot of that aircraft to show in 'Vol. 2'! So, even though I find the Luftflotte 4 Schlachtgeschwader Fw 190 F-8 very attractive, I most likely will go for 'White 48'. 'White 48' was captured at Lippstadt, Germany, but was for some unknown reason later flown or transported to Namur, Belgium. Several photographs taken at both locations are known. 

 

Please be gentle with me. I haven't put my fingers onto a plastic model for more than 20 years. Not a lot of progress to report in my first post, but I hope to show more progress soon. 

 

Cheers,

 

Roger

 

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Thanks Kev!

 

Yes, I was / am, but I wanted to change my user name to 'VintageEagle' and couldn't figure out how to do it. Since I had only 50+ posts or so as I was mostly reading and not posting, I thought it's a good idea to start with a fresh account. 

 

Roger

 

Kev could have easily changed it for you.

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Thanks Kev!

 

Yes, I was / am, but I wanted to change my user name to 'VintageEagle' and couldn't figure out how to do it. Since I had only 50+ posts or so as I was mostly reading and not posting, I thought it's a good idea to start with a fresh account. 

 

Roger

 

Gotcha. I'll merge the two accounts, keeping the newest one. This way, you retain your history and post count, and we shed a redundant member account.

 

Kev

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Good evening,

 

Again, not a big progress, but I have ordered some Mr. Surfacer 1500 for priming and am waiting to use my new airbrush for the first time. I will use the Revell cockpit for practice first before I have a go on the Eduard cockpit. I have installed the map holder made out of a photo etched part. As soon as the primer arrives, I'll post an update.

 

Cheers,

Roger

 

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Be careful of the lower instrument panel, its a lot bigger than the kit part and wont allow the fuselage halves to come together and needs a load of trimming!

 

The Quickboost tailwheel is great but you do need to seriosly thin the kit parts to get it to fit, if I wasnt going to have the tail access panel opened up I wouldnt bother as it is just a pain to fit for the payback to be honest.

 

Love your book and nice to see another White 48 being built as its such an interesting airframe isnt it!!

 

Regards. Andy

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Hi Andy,

 

Thank you for the valuable hints! I will have to do careful test fitting and thinning then. I hope I can thin the fuselage sides to make enough room for the lower panel. 

 

I won't open the access panel, but thought the visible parts are still more accurate than the Revell parts. I guess I should have sticked with the Revell parts, especially since this is my first build in 20+ years :-O

 

Thanks for your comments about my book. I am working on Vol. 2 and it will be out sooner or later. Yes, White 48 is quite an interesting, refurbished bird.

 

Regards,

 

Roger

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Good evening everybody,

 

Tonight I have used an airbrush for the first time in more than 20 years and it was even a first for me when it comes to using acrylic paint.

 

I primed the resin parts using Mr. Surfacer 1500 Black using a 2:1 ratio (i.e. 2 drops of Mr. Levelling Thinner and 1 drop of Mr. Surfacer), which went quite well. 

 

I then painted the cockpits with Mr. Color RLM 66 using a 1:1 ratio with Mr. Color thinner, which also went well. The photos don't really show much difference between black and grey, but in reality the colours are clearly different.

 

I might have used a too high pressure (2 bars) since when I pulled the trigger on the airbrush too much rearwards, it started to "spit" a bit. But all was fine at a low setting. 

 

The black primer already gives some shades and depth to the cockpit. I will try to increase this effect a bit in the next step using the Revell cockpit always as a Guinea Pig.

 

Cheers,

 

Roger

 

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I probably will lighten up the color a bit before adding shades again. In reality it is lighter than it appears in the last photo, but since it will be quite dark anyways in the cockpit, it's probably good to lighten the color a bit. 

 

Here's a fragment of a main instrument panel of a Bf 109 G just to show how dark RLM 66 was (compare RLM 66 with the black instruments): 

 

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By the way, the rpm indicator and fuel gauge were not the ones originally installed in the panel, as they were for a Bf 109 K-4 (rpm indicator) and Fw 190 (fuel gauge). The manifold pressure indicator is the correct one for a Bf 109 G-6 and may have been the original one that had been installed in this panel.

 

Is drybrushing still the standard method for bringing out highlights (if so, I assume Enmael over Acrylics should work ok for drybrushing)? I also may add chipping using a silver pen and adding dirt using e.g. AK Interactive dust.

 

Do you have some recommendations how to make the cockpit more realistic looking?

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